World Water Day is 22 March

February 9th, 2011 by Events

World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.  It is observed each year on 22 March.

Too often we take water for granted and waste it. In Guernsey we open the tap and it pours out; clean, potable water that we can drink.  It takes nature and enormous amounts of energy to purify water and pipe it to our homes and businesses.

In many parts of the world, including parts of the UK, water can be scarce or there is concern that water resources are insufficient to meet future demand.

In Guernsey we are entirely dependent on sufficient rainfall to meet our needs.

Guernsey Water has improved the infrastructure and increased the island’s water storage capacity but this is no guarantee that there will always be sufficient rainfall to meet our needs.  Climate change will alter rainfall patterns which can lead to human dislocation because of drought or flood.

The United Nations World Water Day draws attention to the critical importance of water in our lives for our health, for our sanitation, for our food, and for our industry.

(click on the logo to go to the UN World Water Day 2011 website)

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